I'm a pretty dedicated flyfishing only kind of guy... but when the count goes over 400k in the Lake Washington system I break out the dodgers and bare hooks for my share of ocean bright sockeye fillets before and after work! I recall one year they went over 700k and the limit per person went to 4/day. If we did it right we were in work by 9:30am with our limits of red salmon fillet in the cooler.
This is precisely the kind of fishery where harvest is sensible and appropriate... a run of salmon that is off limits until peak years. IMHO, opening river systems to harvest despite depressed returns makes no sense. I like BC's policy of rotating fishing areas (even coastal).
Glad to hear the reds are strong this year. My Big Chief smoker will be feeling left out sitting in my east coast garage during all the hub-bub.